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How to stay online at international trade shows?

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Stay connected without the fear of roaming charges

International trade shows are dynamic in various ways. Lots of people use these events to look for new products, generate leads and schedule business meetings. But the one thing that is essential during an event like this, can be a hassle to get: mobile internet at trade shows. Roaming is very expensive and WiFi in hotels is often slow and definitely not secure. Besides this, the internet signal in the conference halls is often very poor due to the large amount of people and the construction of the exhibition halls.

Case: Mobile internet at the CES
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest technology show in the world. During the 2019 edition, almost 200.000 people visited the exhibition halls in Las Vegas. Almost half of them are from outside the USA. All these foreign visitors had challenges with their connectivity during the CES, due to the fear of roaming charges and weak internet signals.

But fortunately, no one was struggling with any of these issues at the Holland Pavilion. The Dutch exhibitors used a We.Stream during their stay, both at the exhibition as well as outside the halls. The mobile WiFi hotspot kept providing a stable 4G signal to all its users, even in the overcrowded area of Eureka Park at CES. While other mobile data providers could not provide any internet signal at all, the strong internal antenna of the We.Stream proved its quality. Thanks to this, all Dutch exhibitors were able to digitally follow up meetings, show demos and update their social channels during the show directly. When looking for WiFi, the list of signals was full of We.Stream devices.

Lifesaver
Mobile internet has become mission critical, especially on such an event like the CES, where lots of business is being done and new business contacts are generated. That’s why a lot of companies were happy that they could stay online thanks to their We.Stream.

Some of the comments of the Dutch delegates:

“We.Stream was a lifesaver!”

“I needed to send out a few emails and We.Stream was the only mobile WiFi solution that worked”

“Saved me hundreds of Euro’s during my stay in Las Vegas”

An essential solution when visiting international trade shows
And when the exhibition doors closed? People used their We.Stream while wandering around on the famous Strip of Las Vegas, to share pictures with family and friends, to order their Uber to a restaurant, and to update their agenda with business meetings for the next day.

Are you responsible for exhibitor or visitor facilities at a trade show organiziation or at an event location? By offering We.Stream to your customers, you can improve your service and also profit in a commercial way.

We.Stream is the solution for internet at trade shows.

Please contact us for more information about our Trade Show Package.

Order you We.Stream here to ensure you will be online during your next international trade show.

We.Stream launches world’s first worldwide data bundle for companies at CES

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Dutch Mobile WiFi hotspot supplier announces ConnectedYou as its newest reseller

We.Stream announced the introduction of world’s first worldwide corporate data bundle at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. This bundle, with a minimum amount of 1 Terabyte, enables companies to share mobile data amongst its employees. This way, companies are able to use worldwide data as efficient as possible. The bundle has an expiration date of 24 months. Next to this, We.Stream finalized a partnerhsip with ConnectedYou during the largest technology show in the world. ConnectedYou, a leading IoT service orchestrator, is the first partner of We.Stream in Scandinavia.

 We.Stream showcased its mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity in over 140 countries at CES 2019. Travelers are able to purchase worldwide mobile data for one day, one week, 30 days or a year. As of now, We.Stream provides a ‘Corporate Package’, offering companies the possibility to use worldwide data as efficient as possible.  

Jurgen ter Hoeve, CEO of We.Stream: “This is the first bundle in the world where a company gets a fixed amount of global data for maximum 24 months to share among colleagues. We offer this data packages with a minimum of 1 Terabyte and connect a customized amount of We.Stream devices to this package. A company can decide for itself how they share the devices and the pool of data between its employees. So there are no individual bundles and there is no ‘loss’ in data that is not being used.”

Next to this, ConnectedYou, an IoT service orchestrator and We.Stream announced a partnership. ConnectedYou has a lot of experience when it comes to the needs of corporate companies in the connectivity area, and is convinced that a pool of worldwide mobile data is the ideal situation for most of the companies. The new package therefore perfectly matches with the customers of ConnectedYou, who is the first partner of We.Stream in Scandinavia. With this new solution being added to the ConnectedYou portfolio, the IoT-focused company offers its international customers a new solution to stay connected while working abroad.

“The We.Stream solution is a perfect package for travelers, combining the critical elements of worldwide connectivity and a built-in VPN to maximize security. It is the perfect mobile internet solution for every traveler. Our partnership is strategic towards the future and we aim to jointly develop and serve clients worldwide with the most advanced international mobile data solution. In days to come, this will be the product in every traveler’s pocket.” Said Parag Mittal, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder at ConnectedYou.

Jurgen ter Hoeve: “I’m very proud that we can announce a big success during CES 2019 again. Our product fits perfectly to the portfolio and the customer group of ConnectedYou. Besides this, we are happy that to expand our global footprint with a partner in the Scandinavian area.”

About ConnectedYou

ConnectedYou is an independent IoT Service company offering a unique and unified IoT service to enterprises globally through a single access platform integrated with multiple technology and service providers. ConnectedYou’s service is based on 4 pillar approach encompassing Devices, Connectivity and Cloud Services and Value added Services. ConnectedYou enables an ecosystem that allows enterprises to freely choose services and offers from suppliers, enabling the ability to remotely switch suppliers within the ConnectedYou ecosystem. ConnectedYou provides enterprises with a future proof orchestration for all their IoT needs keeping future innovation and improvements in mind.

We.Stream once again joins the Holland Pavilion at CES 2019 in Las Vegas

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In January 2018, We.Stream dazzled the market, and won multiple awards, with the launch of its mobile WiFi hotspot at CES Las Vegas.  Since the launch, the company has grown very quickly.  In 2019, We.Stream returns to the Holland Pavilion at CES to showcase a vastly improved product. We.Stream is one of a select group invited to exhibit two years in a row at the Dutch Tech Square. They owe the honor to a highly successful first year, where multiple agreements were signed with new customers and partners worldwide. In the past few months, We.Stream signed deals with distributors and resellers of their mobile WiFi hotspot in the US, South Africa, France, Spain and The Philippines.  Of note is an agreement with KLM where the Royal Dutch Airline sells the We.Stream product to their customers through their inflight retail portfolio. With the We.Stream mobile WiFi hotspot, travelers are connected immediately at their destinations, and are able to use mobile internet worldwide in a secure way, without the worries of high roaming charges.

 

Jurgen ter Hoeve, CEO at We.Stream explains: “Last year lots of companies showed their interested for We.Stream during CES. This year, we offer an even better product. Recently we added more than 40 countries, now totaling 140+,  to our coverage list and we improved our pricing model as well. Besides this, we have developed the security layer on our device to a next level. We are the clear market leader when we look at coverage and value for price. At CES we will focus mainly on companies and business travelers with an international focus, because we offer them a solution for doing business worldwide. One of our other goals is to contact potential resellers of our product in the IT, Telecom or Travel industry. Our distributors from the USA (Frontier Computer Corp), France (Advanced Tracking) and the Netherlands (Partners in Telecom) will join us to expand our international network. This way, together we will make the next steps in the fight for secure and affordable worldwide mobile internet.“

 

We.Stream will be exhibiting 8-11 January at the Holland Pavilion at Eureka Park, booth # 51726.  Join us for a demo of our product!

 

 

User case: WiFi on the go for digital nomads

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User case: WiFi on the go for digital nomads

 

Digital nomads travel the world during their adventurous lives. Mostly, they don’t have a place they call home, but they work from everywhere around the world. One of the most valuable assets for a life as a digital nomad is mobile Internet. It has become mission critical to run their businesses. One of the most famous digital nomads from The Netherlands is Esther Jacobs. Esther uses a We.Stream to stay online while traveling the world.

 

“Always Internet, always navigation, always Whatsapp”

 

Esther Jacobs: “I am faced with the dilemma many travelers and digital nomads know: how to deal with Internet while you are traveling? Airbnbs always say their Internet is fast. ‘Fast’ is very subjective, and often that is not the case. For years, I traveled with a second phone and bought local (data) SIM cards, which is a hassle when you are only in a country for a few days. Using public WiFi at airports, cafes and in public places is a serious security risk; you should always use a VPN when you connect to public WiFi.

 

Solution: a We.Stream. It’s a small personal WiFi device with data credit on it that is valid worldwide. No more sim card hassle. I have been using it for a few months now and I am very happy. Always Internet, always navigation, always Whatsapp. Just a small device in my bag; 1 device, 1 plan, reasonable prices, no hassle. Plus it is also a VPN (safe!) and a powerbank to charge my phone.”

 

“Every solution I could think of, involved Internet”

 

Travelers that have a personal WiFi device are getting so used to the convenience, that it can be a challenge when they can’t connect. Esther faced such a situation herself recently in Asia.

 

“I got so accustomed to traveling with my We.Stream (I can’t live without Google Maps), that I totally panicked when I forgot my We.Stream in my hotel room in Bangkok. I discovered my mistake in the taxi to the airport. I wanted to call the hotel to ask if they found it, but had no Internet to call. Plan B: I knew my friends were still in the hotel and wanted to message them: also not possible without Internet. Every solution I could think of, involved Internet, exactly why I needed my We.Stream for. Friends in the taxi helped me out by calling and messaging for me. My only worry was: How am I going to get my We.Stream back a soon as possible? Getting a taxi, finding my Airbnb, everything involves being online all the time.

 

To my embarrassment (and relief!) it turned out that my We.Stream was actually in my bag. Fortunately I could use my own Internet later to call the hotel and apologize for my mistake. Moral of the story: if you travel, get yourself a personal wifi device!”

 

 

More information about Esther Jacobs www.estherjacobs.info.

 

We.Stream and KLM announce partnership

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Mobile WiFi hotspot for sale on board of KLM flights as of the 1st of November

 

Today We.Stream and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announce a partnership, for the sale of the mobile WiFi hotspot on board of KLM flights. After in-flight purchase, passengers are able to connect their mobile devices to the internet via We.Stream upon arrival at their destination instantly. This way, passengers can order their Uber, use Google Maps or check their messages directly after they have landed. We.Stream offers travelers a secure and affordable solution for using mobile internet worldwide. As of the 1st of November, We.Stream is available for sale in the World Business Class of one of Europe’s biggest airlines. We.Stream is launching a special duty-free proposition for KLM passengers, where travelers can buy the mobile WiFi hotspot with one year of unlimited mobile internet worldwide. At the same time, We.Stream announces further expansion of its global coverage to a new total of 145 countries.

 

Robert Pronk, Marketing Manager at We.Stream: “Our product solves a problem that lots of travelers recognize. The cost of mobile data outside the borders of your own country or continent worldwide are very high. And since travelers are becoming more aware of the security risks of public WiFi, it has become a real hassle to find a good solution for their connectivity issues abroad. With built-in VPN functionality, which can be used in 145 countries worldwide, we offer travelers a cost-effective and secure alternative for conducting business and staying in touch with family and friends worldwide. Our product therefore matches up perfectly with the travel retail industry.

 

From the moment we launched We.Stream in January 2018, forging a partnership with KLM was on top of our wish list. It goes without saying that I am very proud that we have agreed on this cooperation. Besides the fact that the KLM passengers fit directly within our target group, I am pleased that such a leading organization has chosen We.Stream. For us, this is a welcome confirmation of the quality of our product.”

 

Frank Hoogma, retail buyer at KLM: “We offer our passengers only products with truly added value. We.Stream is a great example of a product that fits this requirement. Mobile internet has become a mission-critical asset nowadays, especially for business travelers. We.Stream makes mobile connectivity accessible and affordable worldwide with a great quality product, that is also very easy to use. These are all features that are very important for KLM. Therefore I’m convinced that we will be offering our passengers an innovative and valuable product with We.Stream.”

 

Geographic coverage expansion

For passengers who buy the We.Stream during their KLM flight, one year of unlimited internet access is included. After in-flight purchase, passengers are able to connect their mobile devices to the internet via We.Stream upon arrival at their destination instantly. This way, passengers can order their Uber, use Google Maps or check their messages directly after they have landed.

 

Jurgen ter Hoeve, CEO at We.Stream: “While working on this agreement, we kept a close eye on the destinations of KLM flights. Based on this information, we have expanded our worldwide coverage even further, adding 42 new countries. Some of the countries that have been added to our coverage list are the Dutch Antilles, Surinam and most countries in the Carribean and in Africa. In all countries, the built-in Cloud SIM of the We.Stream device connects to local 4G and 3G networks to enable instant personal connectivity. From now on, all our data plans can be used in 145 countries, which makes We.Stream the market leader when it comes to coverage and value for the price.”

 

We.Stream expands its international coverage to 145 countries

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As of today, a huge amount of 42 new countries are added to the long list of countries where We.Stream provides connectivity. Among which are populair countries like Curaçao, Congo DRC, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Jamaica and Aruba. By adding these 42 new countries, the total amount of covered countries has grown to 145.

 

Best available coverage worldwide

The mobile WiFi hotspot has an embedded Cloud SIM built into the device. This technology enables a 4G connection to various mobile networks worldwide, providing the strongest possible mobile internet solution available. Therefore it is the perfect solution for travelers who are in search of personal WiFi on the go.
By adding these list of 42 countries to its Cloud SIM, We.Stream becomes the clear leader of the global mifi market when it comes to coverage and value for price. For maximum transparancy and ease of use, all We.Stream’s flat fee data bundles can be used in all these countries. An actual and complete overview of countries can be found here.

 

New: Worry-free worldwide internet for one year

Having said that, We.Stream also announces a new data bundle for ‘heavy users’ and world travelers. For travelers that don’t want to have any worries about their mobile data, We.Stream introduces the Unlimited Gold bundle. This data bundle, which is also valid in 145 countries, provides users 20 GB of high speed (LTE) mobile data each month. You can find the pricing and an overview of all current data bundles here.

 

Below a list of all new countries that are available directly on the We.Stream.

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Bosnia & Herzegovina

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Cayman Islands

Congo Dem. Rep.

Curacao

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guernsey

Guyana

Haiti

Isle of Man

Jamaica

Kuwait

Madagascar

Martinique

Myanmar

Oman

Puerto Rico

Saint Martin

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saudi Arabia

Surinam

Tanzania

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

Moldova

French Guyana

Barbados

Bermuda

Bonaire

Desirade

Dominica

Marie-Galante

Montserrat

Saintes

Saint Barthelemy

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

 

How to get portable internet for less when you travel?

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How to get portable internet for less when you travel?

Mobile internet makes has made life much easier in many ways. When traveling, internet on the go has become really important for a lot of people. Finding your way with Google Maps, sending a picture to your friends and family about your travel destination, and ordering your Uber to your hotel. These are all very common situations for both business travelers and holiday seekers. Unfortunately, a lot of travelers also recognize the mobile data bill shock after their trip. The use of mobile data abroad could be really expensive. Are there any mobile data solutions to save on your internet costs when abroad?

 

Public WiFi

Lots of people try to search for public WiFi networks at the airport as soon as they arrive at their destination. Besides, almost every hotel offers their guests free WiFi. When you disable roaming on your mobile device, and only use these public WiFi networks, you don’t have to be afraid of a high mobile data invoice. However, the use public WiFi networks in hotels, coffee shops or restaurants is very risky. These WiFi networks are often very insecure, which enables hackers to use them to intercept personal messages and passwords. You don’t want to get all your personal data exposed, right?

 

Buy a local SIM-card

Local SIM-cards, which are available in local telecom shops, could offer travelers a solution for their mobile data issues. You can insert the SIM-card in your own mobile device and use mobile internet directly, mostly for better rates than when you would use roaming. That way, you do not have to worry about high costs afterwards, since you can just buy a fixed amount of data. But do you know, upfront, how much data you need? Using a local SIM-card also means that sometimes you have a temporary phone number. Often, these mobile data solutions does not offer the convenience that a lot of travelers are looking for.

 

Use a mobile WiFi hotspot

The third solution for internet on the go is the use of a portable WiFi hotspot. Most mobile internet hotspot devices use the 3G and 4G signals from a specific mobile network provider to enable a connection in other countries. With this solution you can buy data upfront and the data is valid in a great amount of countries. A portable WiFi hotspot with built-in Cloud SIM technology, like We.Stream, enables you to enjoy connectivity in more than 100 countries across the world. The device uses multiple 4G networks per country, so you always experience the strongest available signal. Unlimited data bundles are available for a variety of periods; a day, a week or 30 days. If you travel frequently, We.Streams yearly data bundles are the best option for you. The costs of these mobile data bundles are substantially cheaper when you compare it to other solutions. As you can see, portable internet for less when you travel is available!

 

 

 

We.Stream enters African market

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South African connectivity supplier Poynting agrees to a partnership with the mobile WiFi hotspot supplier

 

We.Stream and Poynting agreed to a partnership for the distribution of the We.Sream in Africa. We.Stream focuses on growth by the realization of international partner channels. Poynting is a top global provider of integrated antenna solutions, responsible for the innovation, design and manufacture of its market-leading products. It now adds the We.Stream to its portfolio, since they strongly believe in the We.Stream proposition. Poynting launches its newest solution officially during Travel Visa Showcase, on the 15th of August in Johannesburg. For We.Stream, Poynting is the first African-based reseller, after already having signed several partnerships in Europe, USA and Asia in the last months.

 

Jurgen ter Hoeve, CCO of We.Stream: “We were already working together succesfully with Poynting for our other business unit. That is why I’m very happy and satisfied that Poynting sees the opportunities that we offer with We.Stream. The African market provides many opportunities to us. There are numerous challenges when it comes to the availibity and pricing of mobile data, mainly for incoming and outgoing travelers. With We.Stream we can support them by providing  affordable and secure mobile internet. Together with the announcement of this agreement, I am proud to spread the news that we have also expanded the list of countries where We.Stream has coverage, by adding Congo and Madagascar.

 

Michael Howard, CEO of Poynting: “Roaming charges can be extremely high for both incoming and outgoing travellers in South-Africa. That makes the proposition of We.Stream very interesting for our market. We launch this new solution officially during Travel Visa Showcase 2018 in Johannesburg. The event gathers professionals and management in the (business) travel market, such as corporate travel agents, Tour Operators, Embassies and Airlines. This is the perfect moment for Poynting to enter the market with We.Stream.”

 


 

About Poynting

Poynting is a top global provider of integrated antenna solutions, responsible for the innovation, design and manufacture of its market-leading products. Established as a consultancy in 1990, Poynting evolved into an official PTY in 1997 and in 2001 established Poynting Antennas. It caters antenna solutions for primarily wireless high speed data applications, including residential 4G LTE as well as GSM, M2M (Machine to Machine), DTV (Digital Television) and customer premise equipment applications across consumer, broadcast and telecommunication markets.

 

Poynting services commercial clients across the globe. Its growing international business has led the establishment of a regional European office in Munich, Germany.

 

 

How to avoid WiFi security risks when traveling?

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How do you stay connected with your business and family when you are traveling?

When venturing abroad, travelers use internet via their smartphones or tablets mostly to keep in touch with their business or family. But roaming charges in other countries, or international data plans, are often very expensive. Travelers use public WiFi as an alternative for these high costs, but this comes with high security risks. Are you aware of the risks of using public WiFi? And do you have a solution to avoid them?

Using the WiFi at the airport as soon as you have landed, or asking for the WiFi details in your hotel as soon as you have checked in. These are common situations for people who travel a lot. But public WiFi networks in hotels, coffeeshops or restaurants are not properly secured. For hackers, these networks are a playground to intercept personal messages, passwords, buyer behaviour and even financial details.

 

How do you avoid these WiFi security risks? There are a few solutions:

 

Roam like you’re at home.

Just use your mobile subscription during your trip like you are in your own country. 3G- and 4G-networks are better encrypted than public WiFi. But this comes with another big risk: data roaming can be very expensive. There are many examples of travelers that were unaware of these high data roaming charges, and got a huge ‘bill shock’ when they received their lastest mobile data invoice back home.

 

Buy a local SIM-card.

When you travel often, you must know the telecom and SIM-card shops that you see in airports a lot. You can buy a SIM-card for the country that you are traveling towards, and use it in combination with your own mobile device. That way, you do not have be worried about high costs afterwards, since you can just buy a fixed amount of data. But, you don’t always know how long your trip will be and how much data you need. Besides, most of the SIM-cards are only valid in one country. So, if you are a frequent traveler, this could be a hassle.

 

Use a mobile WiFi hotspot.

mobile WiFi hotspot is a pocket sized mobile router, which you can take along on any trip. With a pre-setup internet connection. Most portable internet hotspot devices use the 3G and 4G signals from network providers to enable the connection. A portable WiFi hotspot with built-in SIM technology, like We.Stream enables you to enjoy connectivity worldwide. Without the hassle of looking for local SIM-cards. And with the certainty that you can rely on multiple 4G networks per country, so you always experience the strongest available signal. And the best part: We.Stream’s built in VPN-solution keeps your internet connection secure, wherever you are.

Socia agrees partnership with We.Stream

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Amsterdam based ICT-provider Socia agreed to a partnership with mobile WiFi hotspot supplier We.Stream. We.Stream launched its secure mobile WiFi hotspot at the beginning of this year at the CES in Las Vegas and focusses on growth by the realization of an international partner channel. Socia advices and supports the SMB and enterprise market in the field of hard-, software and management of digital workplaces. Socia strives to fulfill a trusted advisor role at their customers, by advising them about the latest technology. By adding We.Stream to their portfolio, Socia expects to add more value to their customers by providing them the newest solution for the ‘Mobile Workplace’. With this partnership, both organizations expect to increase their share in the corporate market.

 

Expansion of international partner channel

We.Stream is worlds first secure mobile WiFi hotspot with embedded Cloud SIM technology. It enables users to have secured and unlimited internet in more than 100 countries worldwide, without having the worries of high roaming charges. In the last months, the Dutch organization already signed several partners in Europe, Asia and North America. Jurgen ter Hoeve, CCO of We.Stream: “We are focusing on the realization of an international partner channel. Besides the fact that we already have several distributors and resellers worldwide, we are currently discussing partnerships with companies in Africa and South America as well. Next to this, our partner channel in The Netherlands is also still growing, with Socia as the most recent addition. The experience and passion of the complete Socia team gives us the confidence that we will have a great and successful partnership. Socia is one of the leading Dutch companies in providing the complete digital workplace. A mobile WiFi hotspot is becoming a more important part of that mobile workplace as well.”

 

Optimizing the Mobile Workplace

Supplying the We.Stream is the perfect proposition for Socia to support their customers with their next steps. Gaston Ludding, Commercial Director of Socia, adds: “Many of our customers have an increasing need for both mobile devices as for the security part of these mobile devices. With We.Stream, we offer them a secure solution for their mobile workers. We offer customers with employees who often travel to other countries, the possibility to save on their mobile data costs. But what makes the product even more interesting, is the fact that you can use the device in combination with your own mobile data subscription. Next to that, The embedded VPN solution that We.Stream offers, was the key to enter this cooperation. We now offer our customers even more flexibility for secure and worry-free mobile working, whether that is in a hotel, restaurant, train or in a remote office.”

 

About Socia

Socia advices and supports the SMB and enterprise market in the field of hard-, software and management of digital workplaces since 2003. With the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, Socia meets the international demands in the field of quality management. Socia supports its customers with a team of 40 passionate employees from its office in Amsterdam.